Episode 38. Africa is moving from digital connectivity to building its own tech. Erik Osiakwan, Chanzo Capital

Erik Osiakwan is an entrepreneur and an investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership.

He is the Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing in Africa’s digital economy.

Erik is a consultant for the world bank. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up high-tech startups

He serves on the board of Farmerline, Forhey, Teranga Solutions, Siqueries, Amp.it, SameLogic, eCampus, Bisa App, SeeSayDo and Wanjo Foods, – some of which are his investments.

Erik describes himself as a pan-African and is fully confident in the ability of African entrepreneurs.


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The countries Erik described as the KINGS of Africa.
  • Why does Erik think they will be at the forefront of developing the African ecosystem?
  • Erik is currently an investor and has successfully created several businesses. How did he become an entrepreneur and an investor? What steps did he take?
  • What was the main attraction of investment into the early African tech ecosystem?
  • Africa has a lot of young people. Why does Erik see that as an advantage?
  • The struggle to build mobile networks and how entrepreneurs made it work for Africa
  • Africa is witnessing a lot of innovation today. What is the catalyst?
  • According to Erik, the GSM evolution was started by entrepreneurs
    “The next 20 years will be a creativity era” What does Erik mean by this?
  • Why Africa is moving on from consuming content and why it’s time to create our own tech
  • The emerging middle class to the African market and how the ecosystem can take advantage of it

Selected links from this episode

Selected book from this episode

The KINGS of Africa Digital Economy


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